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The Crowd: New owners welcomed in at Balboa Bay Club

July 11, 2012|By B.W. Cook

The crowd sampled more than 30 wines from different wine-growing regions throughout California — from the Central Coast to the Sonoma Coast, Napa Valley, Carmel Valley, Santa Barbara and beyond. The Friday night party called for "Summer Chic" attire and featured a massive silent auction. The crowd sampled gourmet appetizers and selections from the vast array of wines supervised by Big Canyon County Club's Master Sommelier Steve Poe.

Margaret Bayston, chief executive and executive director of Laura's House, praised the community for its support and Big Canyon for its hospitality.

"This wine event will help us to raise the much needed funds to support programs that service families who are impacted by domestic violence," she said.


Laura's House is a non-profit with the mission to create a safe place in which to assist individuals and families torn apart by abuse, with the goal of stopping domestic violence and hopefully changing the behavior which perpetuates such action.

"This is an issue that affects so many individuals throughout the Orange County community," Bayston added.

Some of the wineries participating in the party included Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Levendi Winery, Big Basin Vineyards, Dunstan Wines and Loring Wine Co.

Spotted in the crowd were Casey Wolin, Brenda Zalke, Chad and Vanessa Brand, and Karen and Wayne Pinnell. Also supporting Laura's House were Michelle and Richard Forsythe, Bette and Wylie Aitken, Laura Khouri, Christian Morwood, Alexandra Chebil and Matthew West. Net proceeds from the event are expected to top $15,000.

THE CROWD runs Thursdays and Saturdays. B.W. Cook is editor of the Bay Window, the official publication of the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.

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